[PD] Teaching Pd to Children

Andy Farnell padawan12 at obiwannabe.co.uk
Fri Jun 13 20:59:50 CEST 2008

Seems like a great opportunity for lots of fun Kyle.

I suppose you might start with simple linear data flows
in the message domain. Examples like

Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius
Convert Dollars to Euros

Then plot them into graphs

Up to then you can avoid triggers/ eval orders - once you
have covered triggers you can do

Find the average of N numbers
Vector magnitude sqrt(x*x + y*y*)

If you hide the innards of GEM and just call it a 'graphics
output routine' you could do equations of circle etc.

The beetle race and roulette wheel (on my site) were popular 
and generated lots of discussion.

One example I thought would be easy actually turned out
quite hard in Pd - a desktop calculator (definitely an 
advanced topic)

On Fri, 13 Jun 2008 13:30:09 -0500
"Kyle Klipowicz" <kyleklip at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Listers~
> I'm teaching a 1 month Summer school session for K-8 grade students and
> would like to include Pd for a mathematics learning tool. I am wondering if
> anyone else has done something similar, or has any links to DSP/math related
> materials that would be suitable for this age group. Also, if anyone is
> sharing their lesson plans for Pd beginners, I would love to see something
> that I might be able to adapt for my students.
> Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, as kids often hate Summer school and
> I want to make this a fun activity for them.
> ~Kyle
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Use the source

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